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Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive

The Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive includes video of lectures and events from Middlebury College. Lectures and addresses included in this collection have been delivered by speakers from many institutions on a variety of critical topics, and are made available whenever possible via the Internet Archive and other online platforms.

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1 mini-dv (86 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Discusses Sir Leonard Woolley's excavations at Ur and what these sensational discoveries revealed about one of the world's first cities.
Topics: Archaeology, Ur (Extinct city), Woolley, Leonard, Sir, 1880-1960, History, Middle East, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (60 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Moran, editor of The Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 328, Chinese Fiction Writers, 1900-1949, discusses the lives and careers of some of the writers profiled in the book. Authors include Ai Wu, Ba Jin, Bao Tianxiao, Bing Xin, Cheng Xiaoqing, Ding Ling, Jiang Guangci, Lai He, Lao She, Ling Shuhua, Lu Xun, Lu Yin, Mao Dun, Mu Shiying, Shen Congwen, Shi Tuo (Lu Fen), Wu Jianren (Wo Foshanren), Wumingshi...
Topics: Chinese fiction, 20th Century, Chinese writers, Literature, History, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (60 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Language Schools series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. This symposium presents a panel of international speakers, including journalists, current and former faculty and students from the Middlebury College Language Schools, and political strategists. The speakers present various perspectives on issues surrounding terrorism and the role of mass media, from polarized messaging to the politics of terror, followed by a...
Topics: Terrorism, Mass media, Press, Journalism, Discourse and society, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (65 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Nunley examines the non-clandestine writings of French Surrealist poet Robert Desnos during World War II, and discusses their place in considerations of French Resistance to the German Occupation.
Topics: Desnos, Robert, 1900-1945, French literature, French resistance, World War II, History, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (59 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Language Schools series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. This symposium presents a panel of international speakers, including journalists, current and former faculty and students from the Middlebury College Language Schools, and political strategists. The speakers present various perspectives on issues surrounding terrorism and the role of mass media, from polarized messaging to the politics of terror, followed by a...
Topics: Terrorism, Mass media, Press, Journalism, Discourse and society, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (60 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Medieval Muslim legal tradition generally considered the plague to be non-contagious and argued that one should not flee an outbreak of the plague. What was the logic that supported this conclusion, how was it justified, and when and how did it change? By examining plague treatises from the 14th to the 19th centuries, this talk investigates the various factors " intellectual and political " that led...
Topics: Plague, Religion, Islamic law, Europe, Discourse and society, Lectures
Lecture; 1 mini-dv (81 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Most Native American, white, and bi-racial interpreters on the American frontier lived firmly on one side or the other of the cultural divide. However, Jonathan Pointer (1784 - 1857), an African-American interpreter for the Wyandots at Upper Sandusky, Ohio, lived "between worlds." Although raised by the Wyandots, he lacked a Wyandot spouse, and therefore was never fully integrated into Wyandot...
Topics: Biography, Native Americans, African Americans, History, Wyandot people, Lectures
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1 mini-dv (79 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Spire discusses his doctoral thesis about the relationship between the State and immigration in France from 1945-1975.
Topics: North Africa, Algeria, Colonialism, France, Immigration, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (81 min.) Part of the Scott A. Margolin '99 Lecture in environmental affairs series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Introduction by Rich Wolfson. This lecture begins with a review of the now-solid evidence for a human influence on the climate of recent decades. Such evidence includes instrumental measurements available for the past two centuries, paleoclimate observations spanning more than a millennium, and comparisons of the predictions from computer models...
Topics: Climate change, Environmental ethics, Global warming, Environmentalism, Research, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (88 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. For more information about National Geographic Photographer & Speaker Joel Sartore, visit this site: http://nationalgeographic.com/speakers/profile_sartore.html The oil-versus-wildlife debate is particularly relevant on Alaska's North Slope, a rich swath of tundra that is home to an abundance of wildlife and 48 billion barrels of oil. The North Slope is the largest intact wilderness in the United States,...
Topics: Oil drilling, Environmental ethics, Alaska, Fossil Fuels, Environmentalism, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (60 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Investigates the intersection of history, memory and propaganda in Northeast Asia, where differently recalled episodes from World War II and before continue to influence relations between China, Korea, and Japan.
Topics: Propaganda, Anti-Japanese propaganda, Anti-American propaganda, Anti-Chinese propaganda, Northeast...
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (79 min.) Part of the Nicholas R. Clifford symposium series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Bakari speaks on hip hop's emergence as a burgeoning political movement, claiming that it is a world view and has become a national, unified, youth culture.
Topics: Hip-hop, Politics, Music, Youth culture, Discourse and society, Lectures
Lecture; 1 mini-dv (55 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Katz discusses the Russian response to modernism embodied by a troika of late nineteenth century engineering: The Crystal Palace (1853), the Brooklyn Bridge (1883), and the Eiffel Tower (1889).
Topics: Modernism, Brooklyn Bridge (New York, N.Y.), Crystal Palace (London, England), Tour Eiffel (Paris,...
Lecture; 1 mini-dv (67 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. The general public is often portrayed as bitterly divided on social, political and economic issues. In his talk, Professor Fiorina challenges this conventional wisdom by showing that most Americans stand in the middle of the political landscape, preferring centrist candidates and holding moderate positions on charged cultural issues. Fiorina argues that it is the political parties, political activists and the...
Topics: Political science, Political culture, Voting, Class conflict, Politics, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (61 min.) Part of the Nicholas R. Clifford symposium series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Gilfoyle discuss Millennium Park, Chicago's award-winning center for art, music, architecture and landscape design. Rising from the ruins of a decrepit old railroad, the park boasts impressive bridges, pavilions and fountains as well as a garden, cafe, ice rink, theater, and cycle center. It is intended not only to epitomize the "new Chicago," transcending...
Topics: Millennium Park (Chicago, Ill.), Urban landscape architecture, City planning, Public spaces,...
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (76 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. General Odom publicly warned against invading Iraq before the event, remained silent on the matter until April 2004 when he publicly called for the earliest withdrawal feasible, and in the fall of 2005 declared that it is likely to be "the greatest strategic disaster in American history." Since that time he has called for the United States to "cut and run" from Iraq in order to escape the...
Topics: Iraq War, Foreign relations, Hegemony, United States, Politics, Lectures
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1 mini-dv (78 min.) Part of the Charles P. Scott Symposium series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Glenny discusses the growth of organized crime that developed in the Balkans as the result of the international embargo.
Topics: Nationalism, Balkan Penninsula, Crime, War, War in the Balkans, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (108 min.) Part of the Nicholas R. Clifford symposium series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Lecture is 66 min., remainder is Q&A. This keynote address for the 2006 Clifford Symposium focuses on New York City since the 1970s, but also touches on urban and cultural developments in cities around the world.
Topics: Urban geography, Economics, New York (N.Y.), Neoliberalism, Globalization, Lectures
Lecture; 1 mini-dv (52 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. In 2004, Bernard-Henri Levy, a French writer and philosopher, set out to retrace Alexis de Tocqueville's 1831 visit to the United States for The Atlantic Monthly. Published by Random House in January 2006, "American Vertigo" includes Levy's interview-based portraits representing a full spectrum of American culture. Knox says, "Levy has written a controversial book on America, which has puzzled...
Topics: United States, National characteristics, Levy, Bernard Henri, Philosophy, National culture, Lectures
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Ann Veneman, former director of UNICEF, addresses the Middlebury College Class of 2006.
Topics: Baccalaureate addresses, Globalization, Public service, Children
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (82 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Using declassified documents from the National Security Archive, Cuba-expert Peter Kornbluh offers a historical perspective and an insider's view of the last fifty years of American-Latin American relations.
Topics: Cuba, Cuban Revolution, Venezuela, Castro, Fidel, 1926-, Politics, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (58 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Language Schools series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. This symposium presents a panel of international speakers, including journalists, current and former faculty and students from the Middlebury College Language Schools, and political strategists. The speakers present various perspectives on issues surrounding terrorism and the role of mass media, from polarized messaging to the politics of terror, followed by a...
Topics: Terrorism, Mass media, Press, Journalism, Freedom of the press, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (60 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Introduction by Febe Armanios. Representative Palarino discusses the oversight role of Congress and U.S. policy in the Middle East, and illustrates the talk with two case studies: one on the Palestinian elections, the other on Iraq.
Topics: Middle East, Diplomacy, International affairs, Politics, United States, Lectures
Lecture; 2 mini-dvs (74 min.) Part of the Middlebury energy symposium series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Jones advocates constructing a green economy, llifting people out of poverty in the process by creating "green-collar" jobs.
Topics: Ecology, Environmental ethics, Global warming, Climate change, King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968,...
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Panel discussion; 2 mini-dvs (89 min.) Part of the David K. Smith Lecture series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. The Professor David K. Smith Visiting Economic Lecture Series is held each year in honor of David K. Smith, professor emeritus of Middlebury College and 1942 Middlebury graduate. While teaching at Middlebury, Smith created a course in environmental economics, and was for many years advisor to all environmental studies majors with an economics focus. A resident of the...
Topics: Energy crops, Alcohol fuel industry, Energy development, Environmental ethics, Ethanol, Panel...
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (58 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Language Schools series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. This symposium presents a panel of international speakers, including journalists, current and former faculty and students from the Middlebury College Language Schools, and political strategists. The speakers present various perspectives on issues surrounding terrorism and the role of mass media, from polarized messaging to the politics of terror, followed by a...
Topics: Terrorism, Mass media, Press, Discourse and society, Journalism, Lectures
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1 mini-dv (71 min.) Part of the Nicholas R. Clifford symposium series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive.
Topics: Hip-hop, Performance, Music, Welfare Poets, Popular music, Concerts
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (74 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Dimitrov presents research from his upcoming book, The Politics of Piracy in China, on copyright, patent, and trademark piracy in China and Russia.
Topics: Piracy (Copyright), Trademark infringement, Intellectual property, China, Russian Federation,...
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (54 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Language Schools series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. This symposium presents a panel of international speakers, including journalists, current and former faculty and students from the Middlebury College Language Schools, and political strategists. The speakers present various perspectives on issues surrounding terrorism and the role of mass media, from polarized messaging to the politics of terror, followed by a...
Topics: Terrorism, Press, Mass media, Discourse and society, Journalism, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (83 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. In a keynote address celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Middlebury College Mountain Club, McKibben discusses the impact of environmental damage and how it has complicated our appreciation of the natural world.
Topics: Environmental ethics, Climate change, Global warming, Nature, Environmentalism, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (61 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Security contractors constitute the second largest force in Iraq, after the American military. They come from countries all over the world -- the US, South Africa, the UK, Russia, Israel, Peru, El Salvador, Nepal, Fiji -- and work for established publicly traded companies, as well as small start up firms. They often earn much more than their military counterparts, who they support and enhance. Despite their...
Topics: Private security services, National security, Mercenaries, Military, War, Lectures
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1 DVD (20 min. speech itself is approx. 10 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Language Schools series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. In September 2006 the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars presented Kathryn Wasserman Davis with its Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. This is her acceptance speech.
Topics: Peace, War, Disarmament, Humanitarianism, Awards, Lectures
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Marcie Cohen Ferris delivers the 2005-2006 Hannah A. Quint Lecture in Jewish Studies. 
Topics: Middlebury College, Lectures, Jewish cooking, Southern cooking, Hannah A. Quint Lecture in Jewish...
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (80 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Introduction by Allison Stanger. Spector discusses the nuclear proliferation threat and related issues, including deterrence strategies.
Topics: Nuclear nonproliferation, Nuclear weapons, Iran, North Korea, South Asia, Lectures
Lecture; 1 mini-dv (80 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Reviews the development of the documentary film interview and discusses the interview techniques of Ken Burns, Michael Moore and Errol Morris.
Topics: Documentary films, Morris, Errol, Moore, Michael, Burns, Ken, Filmmaking, Lectures
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Lecture; 1 mini-dv (66 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Rupert Wingfield-Hayes discusses how rapid economic development in the People's Republic has profoundly changed Chinese society, and concomitantly, brought greater prosperity to the economies of the industrialized West. However, China's remarkable prosperity has not come without a tremendous price. China's environment and healthcare system are profoundly challenged. Rampant corruption among Chinese Communist...
Topics: Journalism, China, News media, Politics, International affairs, Lectures
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1 mini-dv (72 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. A lecture on African politics and its link to writing.
Topics: North Africa, Africa, Politics, Authors, Literature, Lectures
1 mini-dv (57 min.) Part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Selassie presents a model of constitution building which incorporates common values among diverse ethnic groups.
Topics: Africa, Democracy, Constitutional law, Politics, Law, Lectures
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1 mini-dv (64 min.) Part of the Charles P. Scott symposium series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. An historical perspective on human rights and democracy movements in the Middle East.
Topics: Human rights, Democracy, Islamic fundamentalism, Islam, Politics, Lectures
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1 mini-dv (83 min.) Part of the Charles P. Scott symposium series and Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive. Tension between Catholics and Protestants rarely produces religious or ethnic violence in Latin America because neither side can rely on the state to support them.
Topics: Nationalism, Church and state, Politics, Latin America, History, Lectures